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UNESCO World Heritage Site List in South Korea

  • Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple (1995) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. Established in the 8th century under the Silla Dynasty, on the slopes of Mount Tohamsan, in Gyeongju, South Korea. The Seokguram Grotto is a part of the Bulguksa temple complex.

  • Haeinsa Temple Janggyeong Panjeon, the Depositories for the Tripitaka Koreana Woodblocks (1995) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site. The Janggyeong Panjeon in the Temple of Haeinsa, Situated on the slopes of Mount Gayasan, is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, the most complete collection of Buddhist texts, engraved on 80,000 woodblocks between 1237 and 1248. The buildings of Janggyeong Panjeon, which date from the 15th century, were constructed to house the woodblocks, which are also revered as exceptional works of art. As the oldest depository of the Tripitaka.

  • Jongmyo Shrine (1995) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea built in 1394. Located in 155 Jong-no, Jongno-gu, Seoul. Jongmyo Shrine is the oldest royal Confucian shrine dedicated to the memorial services for the deceased kings and queens of the Korean Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). Ritual ceremonies linking music, song and dance still take place there, perpetuating a tradition that goes back to the 14th century.

  • Changdeokgung Palace Complex (1997) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. Changdeokgung Palace or Palace of Prospering Virtue, located in Jongno-gu, in northern Seoul, was built in 1405 during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). The Changdeokgung Palace Complex occupies a 57.9 ha, is an exceptional example of Far Eastern palace architecture and design, blending harmoniously with the surrounding landscape.

  • Hwaseong Fortress (1997) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. Hwaseong Fortress is located just 30 kilometers south of Seoul. Hwaseong Fortress was constructed (completed in September 1796) as an act of filial devotion by Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and to strengthen his power, eradicate party conflict, and fortify the southern area of the capital. UNESCO designated the fortress a World Heritage site in 1997. visit website

  • Gochang, Hwasun and Ganghwa Dolmen Sites (2000) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. The sites were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
    Gochang Dolmen Site is believed to have been constructed around the seventh century BCE and located in Maesan village, Gochang County, North Jeolla province. website -
    Hwasun Dolmen Sites is dated to around the sixth or fifth century BCE and located in on the slopes of hills and follow the Jiseokgang river of Hwasun County, South Jeolla.
    Ganghwa Dolmen Sites are believed to be earliest ones made and located on Ganghwa Island, Ganghwa County, Incheon.

  • Gyeongju Historic Areas (2000) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. The Gyeongju Historic Areas are located in Gyeongju City of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province. Built between 7th-10th centuries, The Gyeongju Historic Areas contain a remarkable concentration of outstanding examples of Korean Buddhist art, in the form of sculptures, reliefs, pagodas, and the remains of temples and palaces from the flowering culture of Silla dynasty. The historic areas are sometimes known as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world.

  • Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (2009) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. A collection of 40 tombs of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910) scattered over 18 locations across Gyeonggi-do and Seoul in South Korea. These tombs were built over five centuries, from 1408 to 1966. These tombs were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009.

  • Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong (2010) - This is a Cultural Heritage Site in South Korea. Located in the south-eastern region of the Korean peninsula.
    The Hahoe Folk Village established in the 16th century and Yangdong Folk Village established in 1433-1484 during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). Hahoe and Yangdong are seen as the two most representative historic clan villages in the Republic of Korea. These two villages were designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010.

  • Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (2007) - This is a Natural Heritage Site in South Korea. Jejudo is a volcanic island, located in 130 kilometers from the southern coast of Korea. Jeju is scientifically valuable for its extensive system of lava tubes. Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.

Tentative List :

A Tentative List is an inventory of those properties which a country intends to consider for nomination to the World Heritage List.
  • Kangjingun Kiln Sites (1994) - - .

  • Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (1994) - - .

  • Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern seacoast (2002) - - .

  • Southwestern Coast Tidal Flats (2010) - - .

  • Namhansanseong - Ancient Fortified Military and Cultural Landscape of Mt. Namhansan (2010) - - .

  • Salterns (2010) - - .

  • Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (2010) - - .

  • Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (2010) - - .

  • Gongju and Buyeo Historic Sites (2010) - - .

  • Iksan Historic Areas (2010) - - .

  • Upo Wetland (2011) - - .

  • Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (2011) - - .

  • Oeam Village (2011) - - .

  • Seowon, Confucian Academies of Korea (2011) - - .

  • Seoul City Wall (2012) - - .

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